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This is the first blue cypress to be sustainably produced in Australia. The essential oil is known for its ultra-high frequency.

This is the first blue cypress to be sustainably produced in Australia. The essential oil is known for its ultra-high frequency.

The first photo is in northern Australia with blue cypress. We do not just cut down trees and leave. We insist they must be sustainably grown.

I went to Madagascar to help these people and to teach them about distillation and planting of vetiver. They were distilling it the wrong way, and I had to take the lid off.

After averting a dangerous accident, Gary instructed these vetiver distillers in Madagascar on proper prepping of vetiver before distillation.

After averting a dangerous accident, Gary instructed these vetiver distillers in Madagascar on proper prepping of vetiver before distillation.

It was one of those times when God really orchestrated proper timing. They had closed the lid and were ready to fire the chamber when I arrived. The moment I saw the swan neck, I yelled and told the lady, stop, please stop, shut it down, and open the lid. She had put a valve on the swan neck and had it closed. It became a pressure vessel, and if she had charged that chamber with steam, it would have exploded and killed everybody within 10 feet of it.

So it was pretty scary, and I’m just grateful that I was there to be part of eliminating that disaster. So we unloaded it and I showed them how to prep the vetiver for distillation. I also taught them different ways of planting.

Finding Frankincense from Yemen to Somalia

Gary after checking out a Boswellia elongata tree on the Homhill Plateau of Socotra Island, 2009.

Gary after checking out a Boswellia elongata tree on the Homhill Plateau of Socotra Island, 2009.

I took a trip into the mountains on Socotra Island looking for the sweet myrrh. Socotra is an island off the coast of Yemen. This is a Boswellia elongata frankincense tree. And you can see, I’m a tree lover. I just have to get right up there and be part of the tree and study the bark. Marc shot this picture when I was climbing down.

On Yemen’s Homhill Plateau we were looking at the different frankincense trees. We found Boswellia socotrana and Boswellia elongata, two of the seven species that grow only on this island and nowhere else.

Many of you know I made a journey into the Forbidden Zone in Yemen; and as of today, I was the first and only foreigner to be allowed beyond the military zone, or the Forbidden Zone as they call it, in 42 years. And I took troops with me to protect them.

Gary with Somali soldiers tasked with guiding and protecting him on his November 2013 trip.

Gary with Somali soldiers tasked with guiding and protecting him on his November 2013 trip.

This photo was from my trip last November to Somalia. I was there 10 days altogether looking for Boswellia frereana, 3 days trying to get out. It was kind of an interesting experience, one that everybody should have, because the thing it will do for you, if you have an experience like I did while I was there, is it will make you appreciate your life. And it will make you reevaluate your life, and ask yourself many, many questions. Of all of my journeys, this was one of the most intense and difficult, but in many ways one of the most rewarding ones as well.

I had 12 soldiers that were dispatched by the president of Somalia to guard and protect me. We did have a skirmish in the airport with Al Shabat’s people. Master Sergeant Johnson is here at convention, he can tell you about that. But anyway, it was a shootout, one person was killed, two were wounded. But I was able to get on a plane and make a journey to the next city, and then there was another experience.

 

Explorations from Egypt to the Amazon

This is Dr. Radwin Farag who I studied biochemistry with at Cairo University from 1991 to 1996. It was a phenomenal time, and of course during this time is when I learned so much about the ancient history of essential oils, and this is what gave me the foundation for rebirthing what was called the cleansing of the flesh and blood with essential oils in ancient Egypt.

I made 3 expeditions into the jungle in Peru looking for plants. During the last one I made, the third one, which was three years ago, I got a bite in the jungle, which resulted in a hospital stay for a period of time. I was diagnosed over a period of four months with six different diseases. They finally determined that they didn’t know what it was; I just had some unknown virus. But it was similar to a flesh-eating disease, and it ate a hole in my side, it leaked, it was painful, and I ran a fever of 104, 105. I have a great souvenir on my side from that today.

Next is a picture of one of my eight expeditions into the Ecuador jungle looking for new plants to test.One of Gary's eight trips into the  Amazonian jungle searching for new plants.

Gary’s Big Surprise at 2014 Convention!

[Editor’s Note: Gary was presenting his 20th Anniversary PowerPoint before this big surprise!]

Gary wrote The One Gift and Shutran’s Ancient Apothecary about the ancient Frankincense Trail. The Essential Oil Desk Reference also has great information about frankincense.

Gary wrote The One Gift and Shutran’s Ancient Apothecary about the ancient Frankincense Trail. The Essential Oil Desk Reference also has great information about frankincense.

Of course, many of you probably have The One Gift, and Shutran’s Ancient Apothecary, and the EODR, all of which give you a lot of information. The One Gift is a novel that includes a 1,000-year history of the frankincense trails and the caravaners. It’s historically correct; and the locations, timelines, many of the people, and a lot of the actual things that happened were real experiences. So if haven’t read it yet, you will probably enjoy it.

FEMALE VOICE:  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Managing Partner of Life Science Publishing, Troie Battles.

TROIE: Gary, I don’t know if you like surprises, but we have a surprise for you. I think

Thanks to the support of Young Living Members and Life Science Publishing, Gary is a best-selling author!

Thanks to the support of Young Living Members and Life Science Publishing, Gary is a best-selling author!

everyone in the audience here today would agree that for the last 20 years Gary has given us gift after gift with the oils and his life-changing products.

GARY:  Oh my goodness.

TROIE:  So, he doesn’t know what we’ve done for him. We decided we wanted to give you a 20th anniversary gift that was pretty epic, so Life Science Publishing and your Young Living family put together a campaign last week online; and, Gary, if you look at the screen, you are an Amazon No. 1 best-selling author for The One Gift.

GARY:  Oh my goodness! Oh!

TROIE:  I know. We sold thousands of books, thousands of books for Gary Young. Like he said, we’re living a dream, and this is just the beginning. The next stop will be New York Times best seller list for D. Gary Young. So let’s hear it for him. Thank you, Gary.

GARY:  Thank you, Troie. Oh my goodness. Whoa. Oh, that leaky eye syndrome gets in the way sometimes. Well, that was a surprise. When that slide came up I thought—what’s this? I didn’t put this in my presentation. Now I know why they kept coming and taking my computer. Oh, wow. Yes, that is a dream. And all of the net proceeds from that book go to the D. Gary Young Foundation to support the schools. Thank you!

Working to Fulfill a Dream in Oman

In 2010 Gary secured Young Living’s first distiller in Salalah, Oman.

In 2010 Gary secured Young Living’s first distiller in Salalah, Oman.

I took a film crew to Oman when we were preparing to shoot The One Gift. They filmed me cutting resin so I could show the whole process of frankincense.

They also filmed me up on the mountain buying resin from the Bedouins that were collecting it.

Here is our first distillery in 2010 in Salalah, Oman. There’s my partner and manager in the background, Dr. Mahmoud Suhail.  Dr. Cole Woolley and John Whetten went with me to help get this set up. We had to remodel this building which we leased from the gentleman beside me.

And below is our operation with 3 distilling chambers in Salalah, Oman; and we’re doing

Not just one but three distillers in the new Young Living Distillery.

Not just one but three distillers in the new Young Living Distillery.

all of the sacra—we call it Sacred Frankincense—and myrrh here, both the sweet myrrh and Commiphora myrrha.